Another Sunriver vacation in the books. Phew! What a busy start - I spent the first two days there going out and back to the lake, picking up race packets, trying to get my transition stuff organized, pasta party and of course, the kids' Splash Pedal and Dash. The kids had a great time. Jack had no problems, but Mai ran into some technical difficulties on the bike. I started them in the same age group so I could keep a better eye on them and see them both cross the finish line, but right at the beginning of the bike at the turn around we saw Jack first - no Mai...then still no Mai. She actually should have been ahead of him as she is quite the speed demon on her bike. I finally see a lady holding her hand and bringing her towards me - teary eyed and bikeless. Oh no. I thought she bit it, but no - her rear wheel wouldn't spin. We got back to the bike and she insisted she MUST FINISH THIS RACE. I told her I would push her the whole way if I had to and with tears welling up in her eyes, she said NO MAMA! I'M DOING THIS ON MY OWN!
So off she went, each pedal a huge feat, until finally whatever the trouble was, broke loose and off she went too fast for me to even catch up with her. That girl just has to have her way :o)
So she finished the race with a huge smile on her face and Jack and she were very proud of their hard work! The next day was my race, which I'll write up tomorrow. After that, it was all a lot of swimming, biking and general laziness :o)